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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / What do the foxes say? on: November 08, 2013 11:38:31 AM
Like most of the world we have been obsessed with the Ylvis YouTube sensation- What does the fox say? (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DjofNR_WkoCE)

When Halloween rolled around there was really no question what our costumes would be.  Finances are tight so we headed for the dollar store and $14 later we had - some feather boas, an orange towel, some dusters, garland, face paint and two masquerade masks.  Here's what we came up with:

And we even had a little boa left over for a cat costume - Marilyn Monroe?

It was a really fun evening.  Folks kept coming up to us and singing their favorite lines from the song. LOL
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Colorful Rainbow Baby Sweater on: March 07, 2012 06:21:57 PM
My bestie from back in HS just had a baby.  Since I moved to the Bay Area this year I thought something tie-dye would be appropriate.

I used a patter from a vintage crochet book I bought years ago and made some modifications to insure I had enough yarn.  It was just one skein!

Closer Up


I would love your thoughts!  Thanks for looking.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mittens for Mom on: March 07, 2012 06:16:54 PM
I promised my my a pair of mittens like 5 years ago back when I was an avid crocheter.  The promise has been bugging me because I never fulfilled it.  Then I saw this pattern: http://www.knittingdaily.com/media/p/30979.aspx and I decided to try it.

I am a novice knitter - I've only made scarves in the past.  I had to size it down for my mom's small hands, so it was a challenge.

Would love your thoughts and advice...Thanks for looking.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Vintage pattern turtle on: February 21, 2010 07:38:25 PM
The first pattern I fell in love with from my vintage crochet book was this adorable turtle.  I made a few modifications and came up with this.

Because I liked to take things apart as a child, I made the shell removable.

I also made this little matching hat.  The original pattern was for knitting but I used this basket weave crochet stitch instead.  Yes, Yeltsin is modelling for me.

Thanks for looking.  Please comment.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Martha Stewart Cowl on: February 21, 2010 07:27:41 PM
My MIL gave me a ton of knitting supplies and this pattern copied from her Martha Stewart Living: http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/dobbs-ferry-knit-cowl.

This was my third knitting project.  I only took the one photo with my phone of me looking grumpy.

Would love your comments.  My next project is a baby sweater.  Wish me luck!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting Novice tries Cables on: February 21, 2010 07:21:48 PM
I've been trying to knit off and on for years.  I keep going back to my default crochet.  I was recently given a ton of knitting needles by my MIL and gave it another go.

Here is my second knitting project.  The first project was a very very wonky scarf.

Would love to hear your comments.  Thanks for looking!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Vintage pattern gloves on: February 21, 2010 07:43:37 AM
I've made mittens and fingerless mittens but never gloves.  I thought I'd have to learn knitting before I could make gloves.  This winter while it snowed in NYC, I was in Los Angeles and I stumbled upon a great vintage crochet book marked $1.  The woman actually charged me $2.50 for it insisting I should pay it because it was a charity shop. Huh  But that's another story all together.

This is my first project from the book and my first attempt at gloves.

As you can see the photos in the book are incredible.  It really takes you back to the early 80's.  This one in particular features fake snow in the couple's hair.

If you can't see the photos, visit: http://picasaweb.google.com/maritzainnyc/Craftiness#

Thanks for browsing!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Little clutch purse on: July 07, 2007 09:30:36 AM
I am teaching myself afghan/tunisian stitch and decided to try my hand at making a little purse.  It's based on snbhh's in bloom.

 I used some left over chenille so it'd really soft.  It's a bit curly but from what I've read that's a hazard of using this stitch.

Please let me know what you think.  Constructive criticism welcome.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Olive the Octopus on: July 01, 2007 11:02:55 AM
For some reason I got it in my head I wanted to make an octopus amiguri yesterday.  I looked on the web for some inspiration and came up with this.

I also finally saw Little Miss Sunshine last night.  After a bit of contemplation on what I should name my octopus I decided Olive was a pretty fitting name.  It sort of looks like an olive with pimento eyes, doesn't it?

Here's a picture of Olive reading Harry Potter 2 with my SO, who is rereading them all in anticipation of the last book's release next this month.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you like it.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Plastic Bag Picnic Blanket on: June 25, 2007 08:41:35 PM
Here's my entry.  It's for enjoying nature while using recycled goods.  This blanket is made of many many many many plastic grocery bags and a recycled sweatshirt.  I figured plastic would be good for sitting on grass which is often soggy but the plastic is also quite itchy on bare legs so  it's lined with the sweatshirt on the sitting side.  It also conveniently has a pocket for outdoor crafting supplies.

Just the crochet side...

Close up of the crafting pocket...

My cat, on the other hand, LOVES plastic bags and has taken to bathing on the plastic side.

A special thanks to everyone in my family who came together to create plastic bag yarn for me this weekend.  Actually everyone got together for my mother, sister & aunt's birthdays and I put everyone to work.  I couldn't have done it so quickly without a lot of help.
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